Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Special Edition: Return to Amy's Crossing

Not only was I honored and pleased to attend Tim and Amy's recent wedding, but this week Amy shared some photos from their trail cam in the woods. You may recall that Amy found this active spot last year where deer (and other critters) cross the creek.

Today you'll see a coyote, a buck with an unusually-narrow rack, and another buck with a beautiful rack. Amy's already claimed dibs on that one!




Friday, August 28, 2015

Videos of a Variety of Visitors

We're still at the mineral lick though the water in it is gone. In today's videos, you'll see brief appearances by a rabbit, squirrel, opossum, deer and some guy working on the path.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nature's Mineral Water?

When you put a small mineral block on the ground in the woods, deer will lick it until the rains eventually dissolve it. Once the block is gone, the deer will eat the clay containing the minerals, and after a couple of years you have a pretty good size hole in the ground.

Then, when heavy rains come, the clay base of the hole holds water for a few days. The deer seem to enjoy the resulting salty mineral water - while ignoring the apples I left them.





Friday, August 14, 2015

Cleaning Off a Memory Card

I haven't had a camera in the woods for a couple of months but am going to set one up this weekend. Here are a few photos from the last time I had a camera out. The pictures aren't great but posting them lets me make sure the blog still works ;)







This one creeps me out. When I zoomed in on those black spots I discovered that they're not burrs. They're deer ticks - ugh.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

More Scenes from the Mineral Lick

A few more (poor quality) videos showing the things deer do.  First up, the bucks are getting their new antlers now, and they're covered with a soft furry velvet. 

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Sometimes that velvet itches.


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Something in the woods has this deer on alert.

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And finally, another look at the lip-smacking good minerals.

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